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Come and visit our library which boasts over 17,000 Japan-related items. Our collection features a range of material including fiction, non-fiction, manga, DVDs, music CDs and extensive language resources.

Library FAQ

What do I need to bring to sign up for a borrower card?

The Free Library Card requires you to bring ID and proof of your current residential address in Australia. Please see the Borrowing page to find the details.

Is Corporate/School membership available?

All borrower cards are issued under the applicant’s individual name. Borrower card privileges cannot be transferred to other people. If you opt for the paid Japan Foundation Membership, a tax invoice will be issued on request if you need one for reimbursement from your workplace or taxation purposes.

Can children sign up for a borrower card?

Young adults aged 15 to 17 can apply for a Free Junior Library Card with an adult guarantor’s endorsement. Please see the Borrowing page to find the details.

Will you send me books I want to borrow?

We provide postal loan services to our paid Japan Foundation Members and also fulfil interlibrary loan requests sent from libraries in Australia and New Zealand (conditions apply).

Can I borrow a DVD to screen to the public for free?

No. None of our DVDs and Videotapes are licensed for screening outside of a domestic household – even if you don’t charge any fees to the audience. Please contact the DVD distributor directly to arrange a screening licence. Schools in Australia can rely on Section 28 of the Copyright Act to screen a video program in class for non-profit instruction. Please read the information sheet compiled by Australian Copyright Council if you need further information on this subject.

What kinds of resources are available in the collection?

Chiefly print books related to Japan (text may be in English and/or Japanese). Other target areas cover Japanese-language textbooks, reference books on teaching language, JLPT study guides, manga, Japanese music CD, Japanese film/anime DVD published in Australia.

What facilities are available in the library?

A photocopier and public wifi are available. Video and audio stations. Reference service and kiosk. The library doesn’t supply printing or document scanning.

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Mon to Fri: 10am – 6pm
Selected Sat*: 10am – 3pm (usually every Sat except during school holidays)

An after-hours returns chute is located at the entrance of the library and available 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Access might not be available on retail holidays such as Easter.

(02) 8239 0011

Photo: Brett Boardman

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